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Rider's Inn

Rider's Inn paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 12/14/2013
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PANICd#: 1298

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Joseph Rider opened Rider's Inn in 1812. Over the years, the tavern expanded, providing fine accommodations and food for travelers in northeastern Ohio traveling to new ventures out west.

792 Mentor Avenue
Painesville , OH 44077
Phone: 440-354-8200
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 41.7130004
Lon: -81.26029189999997

Database Summary:

Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 5
Evidence: 0
Resources: 0
Retrievals: 1145
Vistor Rating: 0.0
Votes: 0

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Joseph Rider opened Rider's Inn in 1812. Over the years, the tavern expanded, providing fine accommodations and food for travelers in northeastern Ohio traveling to new ventures out west. Situated on the rough-and-tumble stagecoach route from Buffalo, New York to Cleveland, Ohio, Rider's soon became an oasis of hospitality in the Western Reserve. Later, the Inn became a stop on the underground railroad and a retreat for returned Civil War soldiers. The Rider Family operated the hostelry until 1902 when it fell on hard times. After the discovery of a short-lived hot spring, George Randall, from New York, bought the Inn and in 1922 added a dining room and speakeasy, and enlarged traditional Sunday Stagecoach Breakfast which is continued today. After their retirement, the Inn saw several difficult years until 1988 when owner Elaine Crane and her mother, Elizabeth Roemisch, completely refurbished the establishment into a beautiful country inn located in the college town of Painesville.

Added by: sdonley on 02/12/2015 DB#:240


Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

A Civil War soldier’s ghost is said to stand near the windows and wave. Also, the spirit of a former innkeeper’s wife named Suzanne is said to reside here as well. Suzanne is said to have come to the door in her nightgown to let guests in when the owners were not at home.

Added by: sdonley on 02/12/2015 DB#:1195

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2122 02/12/2015 sdonley People have seen the apparition of a women opening the door to let visitors in at night.
2123 02/12/2015 sdonley People have seen the apparition of a civil war soldier throughout the building.
2124 02/12/2015 sdonley Strange voices have been heard at night.
2125 02/12/2015 sdonley Footsteps have been heard throughout the hallways.
2126 02/12/2015 sdonley There is a door that will not stay shut even have it was nailed shut with 2 X 4s.

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